EAT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards
The nominations are in and the judges have begun their work – it’s only weeks now until the winners of the 2018 EAT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards are revealed.
Let the judging begin!
THE 2018 EAT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards are hosted by Suffolk Magazine and the East Anglian Daily Times, and we’re delighted, once again, to have the continued support of our headline sponsor East of England Co-op, who are also sponsoring the Suffolk Food and Drink Hero award.
They are a fellow champion of local food and drink, and their list of suppliers includes many Suffolk producers whose products are to be found in East of England Co-op stores, especially the Locally Sourced range.
The EAT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards are a celebration of our flavoursome county. With its proud heritage of farming, coastal fishing and brewing, few places can boast the rich variety of produce found in Suffolk. The county’s producers and purveyors grow, rear, catch and cook some of the best food and drink to be found in Britain. From independent butchers, bakers and farm shops, to neighbourhood pubs, vibrant cafes and fine dining restaurants, the EAT Suffolk Food & Drink Awards recognise and reward them all.
Finalists will be announced on April 18 in the EADT Eat section, and all the winners will be revealed at a special EAT Suffolk Food & Drink celebratory dinner at Wherstead Park, Ipswich, on April 30. We’re delighted to welcome our newest sponsor, Bidfood, who are supporting the prestigious Best Restaurant category. Bidfood has chosen to be part of the awards because it recognises that many of the nominees and winners are Bidfood customers.
“We provide their ingredients but they make them into something magical for their customers to enjoy,” says Jon Matthews, of Bidfood. “We are proud of our Suffolk roots and want to be part of promoting our county which has some of the best eateries and drinking establishments bar none. We want to join their success and celebrate everything that is great about Suffolk’s food and drink industry.”
Jon says he admires the diversity, passion and excellence that local businesses bring to life in the county.
“It doesn’t matter whether you do 10 or 100 covers a day, serve coffee and cake or a 10-course tasting menu, craft ales or a cheeky gin and tonic, everything is done with the main objective of delivering a quality offering to the satisfaction of customers, time and time again. Business owners in Suffolk identify that we all have to keep up with ever changing seasons, market trends and the economic climate. They can only do this by providing service excellence and having the complete package when it comes to delivering it – great staff, quality beverages and great food means a great experience for the customer.”